There is no requirement that a spouse receives alimony in a Virginia divorce, and in many divorces, neither spouse does. In fact, alimony – also called spousal support – is determined on a case-by-case basis. If you are facing a divorce and have concerns about if you will be able to support yourself once it’s finalized, it’s time to consult with a dedicated Virginia divorce attorney with considerable experience successfully securing alimony for clients in need.
In Virginia, alimony is awarded only when it is deemed financially necessary by the court. Two of the primary factors that help make this determination include the length of your marriage (the longer your marriage, the more likely you are to receive alimony – if other relevant factors apply) and the presence of a significant gap between your income and your divorcing spouse’s. Other factors that can also play a role include:
The more factors that increase the financial divide between you and your divorcing spouse in your case, the more likely the judge is to rule in your favor. These factors also guide the duration and amount of alimony when it is granted.
A special note should be made about fault-based divorces in Virginia. While the vast majority of divorces in the state are no-fault, some are based on fault. If your divorce is based on your spouse’s adultery, it can be taken into consideration regarding your alimony award. If your divorce, however, is predicated on your own adultery, you won’t be eligible for alimony.
The capable Virginia divorce attorneys at Mahoney Richmond Thurston, PLLC, take great pride in their proven ability to help clients like you prevail with alimony that supports their financial rights. We’re here for you, too, so please reach out and contact us for more information today.